MS liberation therapy clinical trial cancelled in Sask.

Research team couldn’t recruit enough participants


REGINA – The Saskatchewan government says a clinical trial for the so-called liberation treatment for multiple sclerosis has been cancelled.

The province says it’s been told by a medical centre in Albany, N.Y., that it isn’t going ahead with the therapy that involves opening blocked neck veins.

Saskatchewan had planned to put up $2.2 million to have 86 patients from the province take part in the trial.

But the trial lead, Dr. Gary Siskin, has indicated that the research team couldn’t recruit enough participants to meet United States government requirements for a clinical trial.

Health Minister Dustin Duncan says the news is disappointing for some 3,500 Saskatchewan people who want to know whether the treatment can help relieve MS symptoms.

The Ministry of Health says it will explore other options.

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MS liberation therapy clinical trial cancelled in Sask.

  1. Maybe because they wised up and realized it’s just an elaborate placebo surgery with no actual science behind it?

  2. It’s NOT placebo, You drank the koolaid of the drug pushers Rick! I’ve had it and it works. This is a MAJOR let down for Canada. There is science behind it or Dr. Zamboni would not have put his wife through this. IMO

  3. This is very sad but recruitment in the US was obviously hard as the CCSVI procedure is not as well known there. Also it is hard to convince people to have this done when they don’t know if they will be getting the sham procedure. An EDSS of 3 – 6 also excludes a large number of people with MS. Dr Siskin is a lovely compassionate doctor and I know if he could have completed this trial he would have. I had him correct my blood flow three years ago next week and am reaping the benefits to this day.